Consultation responses

Over the years, the DLA has established a reputation for its knowledge, expertise and understanding of discrimination law issues. Government departments and other statutory agencies regularly seek our views on changes and development in law and policy areas.

Participation from members ensures that our contributions to policy and public debates are grounded in and informed by the experiences of those affected by discrimination cases and issues on a daily basis.

This page lists all of the submissions and responses that the DLA has made to government and European Commission consultations, as well as contributions it has made to research, surveys and consultations by other organisations. The most recent submissions are listed first.

As an added resource, for some consultations we have added links to the responses from other organisations.

Indirect Discrimination in Disability Discrimination

Our response to the Office for Disability Issues consultation highlights some of the difficulties that applying the concept of indirect discrimination to disability discrimination would entail. We also offer recommendations for overcoming the weakened legal protection against disability discrimination that has been resulted from the House of Lords decision in Malcolm.

DLA submission for DWP inquiry on equality bill and disability

This submission contains the DLA's views how the equality bill should tackle disability equality.

DLA Response to the Government Equality Office: Women Only Shortlists

The DLA welcomed the desire to address the issue of the imbalance in Parliamentary seats, and makes recommendations for how to use the law to achieve this. 

DLA Submission to BERR Dispute Resolution Consultation

The DLA offered feedback and recommendations in relation to the Department of Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform proposals to simplify and speed up Dispute Resolution procedures in employment feedback.

The Path to Citizenship

The DLA's response to the Govenment proposals to tighten up immigration rules for non-European Migrants

Legal Complaints Service: The publication of solicitors complaints records

This is a response to the Legal Complaints Service's consultation. While the DLA broadly welcomes the proposal for the publication of solicitor's legal complaints records, it has a number of recommendations that would further improve clients' access to redress in the event of discrimination by their solicitor, and ensure also that BME solicitors are not disproportionately affected by the new measures.

April 2008

Ethnic Minority Under-representation in Parliament

The DLA's recommendations for a legal framework that would enable the under-representation of ethnic minority MPs to be corrected, prepared in response to the Race Relations (Election Candidates) Bill introduced by Keith Vaz in February 2008. 

EC Proposals for a new Directive prohibiting discrimination outside employment

In its submission to the EC, the DLA makes a number of specific recommendations regarding the text of this proposed Directive, specifically in the areas of exceptions, positive action, victimination, multiple discrimination, equality bodies, and public procurement.

The DLA strongly recommends that these changes are introduced via a single Directive covering all four grounds of discrimination (religion or belief, age, disability, and sexual orientation), rather than separate Directives for each ground. We believe that a single Directive will aid legal clarity and transparency from the perspective of individuals, employers and service-providers. In addition, a single Directive is a better response to the situation of those who experience multiple discrimination. The DLA raises the concern that the introduction of a further Directive does not lead to any regression from the level of protection already guaranteed in the existing Directives.

January 2008

Independent Police Complaints Commission Guidelines

As organisations with overlapping and shared concerns regarding acts of discrimination by the police the following is a joint response to this consultation by the Police Action Lawyers Group (PALG) and the DLA.

The draft guidance makes clear that the IPCC fully recognises discrimination as an aspect of police conduct about which members of the public are likely to complain. We therefore welcome the decision by the IPCC to seek to ensure high standards and best practice. However, the PALG and the DLA are concerned about much of the content of the draft guidance, including serious inaccuracies, and more fundamental concerns about the ways in which the information on discrimination law and discriminatory conduct referred to in these draft guidelines should be 'packaged' - when, how and to whom it should be provided.

January 2008